Sooners make final cut for Marsh

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with defensive tackle Cassius Marsh from Oaks Christian in California.

In recruiting, patience will either help or hurt an athlete. For Westlake Village Oaks Christian (CA) defensive tackle Cassius Marsh, it has been quite beneficial. After opening up his recruitment back in April (he was previously committed to California), Marsh has a solid Top 3 and he said that all will get an official visit before making the final call.

"My Top three are Cal, LSU and Oklahoma. Since the last we talked (June 2009), I picked up offers from LSU and OU," Marsh said. "I got my offer from Oklahoma about two weeks ago, my paperwork came in the mail a week ago."

Marsh, who has slimmed down to 275 pounds from 290 pounds and stands 6-foot-4, said that he had just got through talking to his recruiting coach from Oklahoma hours before the interview. The coach who is on constant contact with Marsh is assistant coaches Josh Heupel and Jackie Shipp.

And though Heupel is his recruiter, Shipp is the coach who Marsh has plenty of contact with.

"I just got off the phone with them (Sooner coaches) today. They were asking me about how the team is looking and what's new going on in Cali," Marsh said. "We also discussed things like official visits, distance from home, and depth chart."

Marsh on official visits:
"I plan to take visits to my Top 3 for sure. Any others, I'm just not sure of right now," Marsh said. "Right now the only visit that is set is Cal vs. USC weekend (October 3). I am supposed to call the coaches next week and start looking at when I plan on coming."

Marsh on distance from home:
"Distance is not a factor at all. I mean I love So Cal, but I wouldn't mind getting away and doing my own thing," Marsh said. "Wherever I feel comfortable, that is where I will go. It doesn't matter if it is the South or the Midwest, that is where I will go if it feels right."

Marsh on depth chart"
"I talked with coach Shipp and there are two seniors and a junior with Gerald McCoy. But McCoy will more than likely be a Top 10 draft pick in the draft next year," Marsh said. "Other than that, there are a lot of red shirt freshman guys and there are some talented guys who just came in like Jamarkus McFarland. I watched his video and he is impressive. But I definitely want to opportunity to play, and there is that chance at Oklahoma. I want to come in and earn a spot."

One of the goals that Marsh wants to accomplish once on a college campus is being a member of the Freshman All-American team. With that said, Marsh is not looking to be a red shirt player. 

Obviously Marsh has been in touch with the Sooner coaches for a few months now, but only a couple weeks with an offer in hand. So for the time, there is still a feeling out process going on on both sides.

"I enjoy talking with the coaches because they are straightforward. But mostly, I do not feel any pressure at all from them," Marsh said. "They are not trying to pressure me into a commitment. Here lately I feel like we are all just trying to get to know each other. Mainly, they just want to get me down to Norman and let me see everything."

Marsh looks to get his officials out of the way by late October, which is when he plans to commit. He had 60 tackles (33 solo) and 16 sacks last season at Oaks Christian.

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